European “Consumer Report-like” Ratings for Health Care

January 1, 2008

eHealth in Austria pointed to the European consumer health rating matrix for 2007.  Indicators include everything from

  • Patient  Rights (percent of  GPs using  EMRs,  no fault  malpractice insurance, etc.),
  • wait times (cancer  treatment  in less than 21 days – would the US patients tolerate this?),
  • Outcomes (heart infarct mortality),
  • Generosity of public health systems (cataract operations per 100,000)
  • Pharmaceuticals (Rx subsidy percent).

These few examples are very clear indicators which could easily be applied to the US and in some cases to health care systems themselves. Can anyone point to similar measures here?

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